Golden State at Chicago

Davis ties career-high with 40 points to lift Warriors over Bulls

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CHICAGO -- Baron Davis was happy with the win and pleased to match his career high with 40 points. But the arena and its history made it even more special.

"I did it in the United Center. That was sweet," Davis said Friday night after leading Golden State past the Chicago Bulls, 119-111.

"I scored 40 in the United Center," he added. "I felt like (Michael) Jordan out there."

It's been a long time since Jordan made 40-point games a norm. And the team he once played for, the Bulls, aren't close to what they once were.

"The season's not going well and everything looks bad right now," said Chicago's Andres Nocioni.

The Bulls just couldn't contain the quick-scoring Warriors, especially in the second half. With Davis making six 3-pointers -- he was 5-for-5 in the third quarter -- and Stephen Jackson scoring 12 of his 24 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors got the hard-earned road win with a strong finish.

Ben Gordon led Chicago with 29 points and Nocioni added 28.

"The first half our zone bothered them a little bit and we were able to slow them down," Gordon said. "In the second half, B.D. (Davis) made a lot of tough shots. He's an All-Star caliber player."

Matt Barnes scored the go-ahead basket for Golden State, grabbing a loose ball as Nocioni tried to save it, putting the Warriors up 106-104 with just over two minutes to go.

Joe Smith's basket cut it to one before Jackson dropped in two free throws with 1:20 left, making it 109-106.

After Gordon's two free throws again made it a one-point game, Jackson took a pass from Davis and made a 3-pointer from the deep corner, putting the Warriors up four with 46 seconds left.

"Baron had a monster game and I just played off of him. He got me open shots and I was able to knock that one down in the fourth quarter when it counted," Jackson said.

Even after going just 7-for-27 in the second quarter, the Warriors felt their shots would start to fall and they did -- just in time. They trailed by 12 in the third quarter before it began to click.

"We weren't making shots at all. But I felt like I was in a good groove coming out in the third," Davis said. "I hit my first two shots and I just wanted to be as aggressive as possible. It opened it up for us."

Golden State outscored the Bulls 35-27 in the fourth quarter.

Davis was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in the third quarter, scoring 19 points in the period as the Warriors erased a 12-point deficit.

With Chicago ahead 69-57, Davis went to work, making a nice feed to Monta Ellis for a basket and then hitting two 3-pointers. Jackson hit another one and suddenly the Warriors were within three.

Davis connected on his fourth 3-pointer of the quarter, giving the Warriors a brief 79-78 lead. His fifth tied it at 84 headed into the final period.

Nocioni scored 18 points while playing only 12:48 in the first half. He had a three-point play and a 3-pointer during a 16-3 Chicago run starting the second quarter. The Warriors started the period by missing their first 14 field goal attempts as the Bulls raced to a 45-31 lead.

Davis converted a three-point play after a goaltending call, then sank a 3-pointer as the Warriors cut the lead in half, making it 51-44 with about three minutes to go in the half.

Golden State shot 11-for-18 in the opening quarter but hit only 7-of-27 in the second and trailed 58-50 because the Bulls hit 63 percent in the first half.

Notes

  • Chicago starting point guard Kirk Hinrich missed his third straight game with a sore back and got a second opinion. Coach Jim Boylan said it was muscular in nature and the Bulls hoped to have Hinrich back shortly.
  • Warriors backup F Austin Croshere sat out with a sore back.
  • The Bulls are 1-1 since a reported verbal exchange between Joakim Noah and Ben Wallace following a lopsided loss in Orlando on Tuesday night.
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Baron Davis is pumped about scoring 40 points in the place M.J. built.  (Getty Images)
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Scoreboard
Golden State (24-17) «28223435119
Chicago (15-23) 29292627111
GS:B. Davis 40 Pts
GS:M. Barnes 11 Reb
GS:S. Jackson 8 Ast
CHI:B. Gordon 29 Pts
CHI:L. Deng 12 Reb
CHI:C. Duhon 8 Ast
Players of the Game
ChicagoGolden State

B. Gordon

B. Davis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
29034054
Golden State
B. Davis, PG4513-238-854440
M. Ellis, SG4510-193-475323
S. Jackson, SG446-179-938224
A. Harrington, PF322-92-28167
A. Biedrins, C274-61-48249
M. Barnes, SF324-93-5114511
M. Pietrus, SF72-40-00025
K. Azubuike, SF70-20-01040
A. Croshere, PFDid Not Play
T. Hudson, PGDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
K. Perovic, CDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
B. Wright, SFDid Not Play
C. Watson, PGDid Not Play
Totals 41-8926-32432430119
 46.1%81.2% 
Chicago
L. Deng, SF447-153-7126517
C. Duhon, PG352-42-20826
J. Smith, PF314-95-643513
T. Sefolosha, SG284-111-18229
B. Wallace, C223-51-64017
B. Gordon, SG3410-184-403429
A. Nocioni, SF3010-174-462428
J. Noah, PF160-12-67122
T. Thomas, PF20-00-00020
A. Griffin, SGDid Not Play
V. Khryapa, SFDid Not Play
K. Hinrich, PGDid Not Play
J. Curry, PGDid Not Play
A. Gray, CDid Not Play
D. Nichols, SFDid Not Play
Totals 40-8022-36412527111
 50.0%61.1% 
Other Games
Port 98 Final
Mia 91
NY 98 Final
Wash 111
Atl 78 Final
Tor 89
Phi 89 Final
Bos 116
Char 84 Final
NO 112
Sac 100 Final
Det 93
Sea 100 Final
Mem 124
Min 95 Final
Pho 115
LAC 88 Final
Utah 106